Emma’s Reinhardt: “HERVoices” with Sindhis voted Top-5 in Glamour Magazine’s Woman of Year

Emma Reinhardt

HERvoices: From Sindh — Creating Awareness about Sindh and Sindhis Globally
It my pleasure to inform you that Ms. Emma Reinhardt, whose HERVoices presentation has won critical acclaim throughout the world, along with four other American women, has been nominated for the “Woman of Your Year” award by the Glamour magazine and she was voted Top 5 in Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year! She developed the “HERVoices” concept and initial presentation while working at the WSI that featured several Sindhi women back in 2003.

A report on one of her presentation in Washington DC (September, 21 2005) is reproduced below and provides more details about the presentation. Please vote for her by clicking the following link:
Courtesy and Thanks: Glamour Magazine and HERVoice

HERvoices: From Sindh — Creating Awareness about Sindh and Sindhis Globally‏

Washington DC. September 21, 2005 — The world touring Slide-Show presentation by Emma Dorothy Reinhardt (info@HERvoices. org) once again warmed the hearts of Washingtonians after first debuting almost two and half years ago (March 11, 2003). This time the venue was the impressive meeting hall of the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) right in the
heart of Washington DC (2121 K Street).The event was attended by more than 100, mostly young women, who are active in the Civil Society organizations working to help world communities and eliminating feminized poverty. The presentation enables nine Sindhi women and girls, ranging from 14 to 90 years old, to share their ideas about education, motherhood, global relations, war, and being a woman or girl in Sindh. A local volunteer eloquently read the message of each Sindhi woman. While the photograph of that person (some did not allow their photograph) was being projected onto a very large screen. The narrator seemed to have understood the emotion, sincerity and experience of each Sindhi woman as she conveyed each message with umatched perfection.

The messages from these the Sindhi women ranged from their personal situation to what was happening in Sindh and from

Pakistan to global contexts. A woman remarked “If America wants others to disarm, then why does itself not disarm first?” Shabnam in her message said, “I love Sindh because I know its power of mystic elevation. The flow of the River Indus, and the
enchanting folklore connect me to Sindh”. Another one said, “As a Sindhi, I dream of a very happy and prosperous Sindh. But as a Sindhi, I am treated as a second or third class person . . . a bottom class citizen, so obviously I want to see a complete change in Sindh”. Yet the poem by one of the Sindhi woman filled the hearts of every woman attendee with understanding and
admiration:Today is your day O woman!
Today you must speak words of steel.
Fold your fingers and make an Iron fist.
And sing a song that never dies.

Today is your day O woman!
Cast your weaknesses in an alley.
Fill your eyes with hope of rising sun.
O brave, beautiful and bold lady!
Shah Latif sang your songs centuries ago.

Though mountains block your path.
Do not buckle under menacing death.
Though the path is grueling and the night is bleak.
Keep on marching, keep on marching/
With your eyes on the horizon!

Brief introduction of the sponsoring organizations are as follows”THE US COMMITTEE FOR THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT

UNIFEM/USA/NCC is working to support a mission toward a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality. Its focus is on reducing feminized poverty, ending violence against women, reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women, and achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war. Www.unifemusa.org

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IREX is an international non-profit organization specializing in education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs. Through training, partnerships, education, research, and grant programs, IREX develops the capacity of individuals and institutions to contribute to their societies. http://www.irex.org

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WSI’s mission is to bring to the attention of the international community the grave situation in Sindh, Pakistan through nonviolent advocacy, and activist and academic campaigns. http://www.worldsindhi. orgHERvoices, Inc.
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HERvoices, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization committed to including more women and girls in the public conversation through a series of touring, multi-media presentations. The idea of HERvoices evolved from working in the field of human rights advocacy and nonviolent conflict
resolution including working with groups such as Women Waging Peace, the American Anti-Slavery Group

, and the World Sindhi Institute. The “HERvoices” programs are inspired by the observation that women themselves had few opportunities to speak publicly and be heard. http://www.hervoices.org

Courtesy and Thanks: Glamour Magazine


Emma Reinhardt, 32–Newton, MA

Nominated by her friend and colleague, Michelle Micciche, 21–Newton, MA

What Michelle says about her colleague, Emma: “Emma’s work with HERvoices has empowered women in Kenya, Pakistan, U.S. immigrants, and women who have survived modern day slavery by allowing them to tell their stories. I have transcribed several of these interviews with once or currently oppressed women and it has been inspiring to hear the growing excitement in their voices as the interview progresses. One of the most amazing things about Emma is that when she speaks of ‘our community,’ she truly believes that as women, we belong to a worldwide community of women and girls. By giving these women the opportunity to say what they want, how they want, Emma is effectively demonstrating to them the value and importance of their individual experiences. “

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